NCWLIFE Evening News January 9, 2019

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to today’s top news stories, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

 

And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, The mayor of Tonasket came under fire last night during a regular city council meeting, we will tell you why.  Newly elected Chelan County Commissioner, Bob Bugert says he’s getting comfortable in his newly elected position, and, A snow angel of a different sort appeared Tuesday afternoon in Wenatchee.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The city of Wenatchee will not be reconsidering its approval of the Black Rock Terrace subdivision, despite a request from the state to do so. The state Attorney General’s office, on behalf of the Department of Fish and Wildlife, had told the city the 13-acre, 17-home foothills development threatens mule deer habitat. But, in his denial, hearings examiner Andy Kottkamp pointed out that Fish and Wildlife did not attend either of the two public hearings on the proposal and was asked, at his request, only for clarity on access restrictions. With the denial, any opposition to the subdivision will now need to be filed in Chelan County Superior Court by February 1st.

The mayor of Tonasket came under fire last night during a regular city council meeting. The Omak Chronicle reports the town’s Mayor Dennis Brown was accused of asking a former city police officer, Jose Perez, to change his name from Jose to Joseph because it sounded too “stereotypical, too Hispanic.” The Mayor has denied the accusations explaining that the name change was a “translation.” Perez approached the City Council this week with his complaint  . . .

The Chronicle reports that Mayor Brown has been under a watchful eye from the public after the firing, re-hiring and firing of Police Chief Darin Odegaard last month, and officer John Cruz. Perez was terminated Sunday afternoon. The city has since disbanded its police department. Council member Jill Ritter also announced at Monday’s meeting that she is casting a no confidence vote for the Mayor.

Newly elected Chelan County Commissioner, Bob Bugert says he’s getting comfortable in his newly elected position. Bugert, who succeeds former District 2 Commissioner Keith Goehner, says he is still on the “learning curve” as he starts his second week on the job. . .

Bugert will represent the County’s Second district, which encompasses parts of un-incorporated western Wenatchee extending to the upper valley including Cashmere, Dryden, Peshastin, Leavenworth, Plain and Lake Wenatchee. Among the projects he will be overseeing is the replacement of the West Cashmere Bridge which is scheduled to start in the Spring.

A snow angel of a different sort appeared Tuesday afternoon in Wenatchee. As the snow was accumulating and people were thinking about their commute home, 25-year-old real estate agent Colton Riblett was thinking about how he could use his Jeep Wrangler to help motorists having problems. Riblett posted his offer of free help on Facebook and people loved it, to the tune of more than 380 likes, almost 50 shares and more than 60 comments. Most of those comments were praise for Colton’s offer. There also were others willing to help him, if he needed it.

Coming up next, Federal workers furloughed due to the partial government shutdown may apply for unemployment benefits to help them meet their financial obligations. Newly appointed Wenatchee School Board member, Karina Vega-Villa was sworn into office yesterday, and, The Wenatchee Valley Humane Society is now implementing a new “Quiet Time” where the animals get a much-needed mid-day break. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Federal workers furloughed due to the partial government shutdown may apply for unemployment benefits to help them meet their financial obligations while they wait to return to their jobs.

That, from the Washington State Employment Security Department on Tuesday. Due to the shutdown, furloughed workers should be prepared to provide verification of their wages when requested because ESD may be unable to reach their employers to verify their wages. Valid documents could include copies of pay stubs or W-2 forms. More than 73,000 federal employees worked in Washington as of the first quarter of 2018. ESD has received unemployment benefits applications from roughly 1,000 workers since the furlough started. As required by law, workers who receive back pay should plan to repay any benefits received.

Newly appointed Wenatchee School Board member, Karina Vega-Villa was sworn into office by Chelan County Superior Court Judge, Travis Brandt during ceremonies prior to Tuesdays’ board meeting.

Vega-Villa, seen here with her husband and two children, was selected from a field of five finalists to replace Dr. Walter Newman who retired in December. Vega-Villa is an adjunct biology instructor and program director for the Math, Engineering, and Science Achievement Program (MESA) at Wenatchee Valley College.

MESA offers academic and professional support services to qualifying students who intend to transfer to four-year universities in pursuit of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors.

The Wenatchee Valley Humane Society is now implementing a new “Quiet Time” where the animals get a much needed mid-day break. NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson has more. . .

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, tonight’s feature story and your complete local weather forecast. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

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Beginning this Friday, the viaduct in Seattle will be closed to prepare for the opening of the new SR 99 tunnel. The Washington State Department of Transportation says the new tunnel is one of the safest tunnels ever constructed, built to withstand strong earthquakes and equipped with smart safety systems designed to keep traffic moving and people safe. In tonight’s feature story, a look at the new SR 99 tunnel. .

And that is a look at your local weather forecast, coming up next, tonight’s sports report with Eric Granstrom and more as the NCWLIFE Evening News continues right after this.

Normally we start our sports report with scores from the local high schools from the previous day but there were more events postponed that contested on Tuesday.  The Moses Lake bowling team did make the trek to Eastmont Lanes yesterday where the fell to the 1st. place Wenatchee Panthers 3 games to 1.  The total pin count also went the Panthers way – 2,136 for Wenatchee, 1,894 for the Chiefs. Hannah Johnson paced the Panthers with a 257 in the first game.

Fortunately, only about 4 miles separate Wenatchee High School from Eastmont High School so the boys swimming and diving meet did take place at the YMCA Aquatic Center and the Wenatchee Panthers had no problems beating the Wildcats 130-51 in a battle of unbeaten teams.  The Panthers continued their stranglehold on 1st place in the Big-9 while the Wildcats slipped to second.

So that’s what did take place yesterday, here’s what didn’t:  The West Valley @ Eastmont bowling match, the Davis @ Eastmont wrestling match, the Wenatchee @ Moses Lake wrestling match and the Chelan @ Cascade girls & boys basketball doubleheader.  When those contests are re-scheduled we will let you know.

The final AP Top 25 football poll was released yesterday and to nobody’s surprise the Clemson Tigers are the unanimous #1 team in the country.  The Washington State Cougars, coming off their first 11-win season in school history, finished ranked in the final poll for the first time since 2003.  It’s also the first time in school history that the Cougars finish as the highest ranked team in the conference.

The Mariner caravan will be rolling through Wenatchee next week and once again the Pybus Public Market will be the location for fans to meet and chat with players Shawn Armstrong and former AppleSox pitcher Marco Gonzales.  Also scheduled to appear is broadcaster Dave Sims and the Mariner Moose.  The caravan will be at Pybus next Tuesday the 15th. from 4 to 5:15 and is sponsored by the Mariners, Pybus Public Market and the Wenatchee AppleSox.

A unique sporting event will hit the track this weekend at the Leavenworth Festhalle, NCWLIFE’s Kaitlin Hetterscheidt has more:

Thanks Dan. Recapping tonight’s top story. . .

The city of Wenatchee will not be reconsidering its approval of the Black Rock Terrace subdivision, despite a request from the state to do so. The state Attorney General’s office, on behalf of the Department of Fish and Wildlife, had told the city the 13-acre, 17-home foothills development threatens mule deer habitat. But, in his denial, hearings examiner Andy Kottkamp pointed out that Fish and Wildlife did not attend either of the two public hearings on the proposal and was asked, at his request, only for clarity on access restrictions. With the denial, any opposition to the subdivision will now need to be filed in Chelan County Superior Court by February 1st.

And that’s going to do it for our newscast tonight. For more on these stories and other news from around North Central Washington, you can find us on Facebook or our website at ncwlife.com. And, remember, if you see news happening we’d like to hear from you.  You can send us an email at news@ncwlife.com, or give us a call 888-NCWL (6295). Also, keep it right here on the NCWLIFE Channel tomorrow morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.